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Maternal Diseases and Pregnancy

    Chronic Diseases
Many women with chronic health conditions have successful pregnancies. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, or any chronic health condition, it is important that you discuss pregnancy plans with your health care provider before becoming pregnant.
    Diabetes and Pregnancy
If you are a woman with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you can have a successful pregnancy. Thanks to advances in diabetes research, knowledge, and management, the outlook for pregnant women with diabetes is better today than it was a generation ago. However, you will still face challenges that other women don't.
   Eating Disorders
The presence of an eating disorder often has negative health consequences that can make it more difficult to become pregnant. If a young woman with an eating disorder does become pregnant, her pregnancy may carry risks if her health and nutritional status have suffered.
   Pregnancy and Asthma: How Does One Affect the Other?
When the woman with asthma becomes pregnant, the first thing both she and her doctor want to know is how the asthma will affect the pregnancy, labor and delivery.
   Albuterol and Pregnancy
A question and answer by Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse-Midwife Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM
   Asthma During Pregnancy
A question and answer by Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse-Midwife Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM
   Pregnancy and Lupus
Today, most women with lupus can safely become pregnant. With proper medical care you can decrease the risks associated with pregnancy and deliver a normal, healthy baby.
   Pregnancy and Heart Disease
It is essential that women with heart disease discuss their illness with their doctors before becoming pregnant.
   Breast Cancer: What Happens If You're Pregnant?
Pregnant women have the same treatment issues as any other woman facing breast cancer, but the fact that they are pregnant may affect their choice of therapy.
   Fetus Affected by Mother's Underactive Thyroid
Researchers have discovered that a mother's hypothyroidism can adversely affect a developing fetus, even if the fetus's thyroid is normal.

Personal Stories
   Kay ~ Pregnant with cancer
   Johanna ~ Type II diabetes and pre-eclampsia
   Marisa ~ Marfans syndrome (had MacDonald cerclage)
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Web Links
   Tips to Remember: Asthma and Pregnancy from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
   Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
   Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
   Eating Disorders and Pregnancy ~ from ANRED (Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders)


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